Parity. Bud Selig has called it his wet dream (well, not literally). David Stern swears by it. The NFL embodies it. Some call it a positive and it is, to a degree. But has football gone too far?
The criteria as to what qualifies someone as a great athlete is subjective to a point, but empirical as a matter of course. Only the biggest, fastest, strongest, most resilient athletes can make it to the NFL. And only the best of that bunch can make a long career out of it. The following 10 players exemplify excellence at their respective positions.
Here's your stat of the week, and something to keep an eye on over the remainder of the season. The Baltimore Ravens wide receivers combined for 15 receptions for 215 yards. Anquan Boldin alone racked up 13 receptions for 208 yards in the 49ers victory over the Packers. Especially with Michael Crabtree out for the year, the trade that sent Boldin to the 49ers for only a sixth-round pick seems primed to go down as the most important personnel move of the entire offseason.
Walls painted in vivid hues to match favorite NFL team's colors. Floors covered in astroturf and giant comfy chairs fit for royalty. An enormous flat screen TV capable of playing every NFL game the Sunday schedule holds. And perhaps, most importantly, a full-sized fridge stocked with beer, soda, hot wings, and dip. Feeling ambitious. Install a bar.
The last time the Jets were written off as also-rans, they went 10-6 and were a missed field goal away from reaching the AFC title game. Yet here we are again, with the rest of the league and its supporters assuming the Jets will be dreadful in 2013. Don’t bet on it, I say. Sure, the Jets won’t win it all, but they’ll be a lot better than you think.
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